A first report on Wednesday evening’s gala event


JSB, BYU, UT, USA (LDS), dcp
The evening event was held in the auditorium of the Joseph Smith Building at Brigham Young University
(Wikimedia Commons public domain)


We had a remarkable evening at the “Chiasmus Jubilee” on Wednesday night.  Interesting video presentations, wonderful music, and important remarks by Elder Kim B. Clark of the Seventy, who also serves as Church Commissioner of Education, and by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve, as well as by visiting scholars (including an Indian Jesuit).  Fortunately, the event was recorded, and it will eventually — and I think reasonably soon — be up on line.


David Turley's photo of me at the "Chiasmus Jubilee"
A photo taken of me (and shared with me) by David Turley, to whom I’m grateful.


A personal highlight for me was being able to present a new festschrift volume to Jack Welch: Paul Y. Hoskisson and Daniel C. Peterson, eds.,  “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of John W. Welch (Orem, UT: The Interpreter Foundation, 2017).


Here’s a list of the contents:


“Foreword”  (James R. Rasband)

“Introduction”  (Daniel C. Peterson and Paul Y. Hoskisson)

“John Woodland Welch: A Personal Reminiscence”  (Stephen E. Robinson)

“Baptized for the Dead”  (Kevin L. Barney)

“Faith, Hope, and Charity: The ‘Three Principal Rounds’ of the Ladder of Heavenly Ascent”  (Jeffrey M. Bradshaw)

“The Transcendence of Flesh, Divine and Human”  (James E. Faulconer)

“Jesus’s Courtroom in John”  (John Gee)

“Janus Parallelism: Speculation on a Possible Poetic Wordplay in the Book of Mormon”  (Paul Y. Hoskisson)

“The Visions of Moses and Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation”  (Kent P. Jackson)

“Tocqueville on New Prophets and the Tyranny of Public Opinion”  (Louis Midgley)

“The Theology of C. S. Lewis: A Latter-day Saint Perspective”  (Robert L. Millet)

“The Covenant of Christ’s Gospel in the Book of Mormon”  (Steven L. Olsen)

“The Great Isaiah Scroll (1QIsaa)–Catalogue of Textual Variants”  (Donald W. Parry)

“Notes on Mormonism and the Trinity”  (Daniel C. Peterson)

“Formed in and Called from the Womb”  (Dana M. Pike)

“Chiastic Structuring of Large Texts: Second Nephi as a Case Study”  (Noel B. Reynolds)

“Proper Names from the Small Plates: Some Notes on the Personal Names Zoram, Jarom, Omni, and Mosiah”  (Stephen D. Ricks)

“‘A Prophet Like Moses’ (Deuteronomy 18:15-18) in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls”  (David R. Seely)

“Medieval Christian Views of Hebrew as the Language of Magic”  (Andrew C. Skinner)

“The Pleading Bar of God”  (Royal Skousen)

“Poesy and Prosody in the Book of Mormon”  (Robert F. Smith)

“Record-Keeping Technology among God’s People in Ancient and Modern Times”  (Richard E. Turley Jr. and Stephen O. Smoot)

“Tree of Life, Tree of Healing”  (John Tvedtnes)

“Bibliography of Selected Published Works of John W. Welch”  (Stephen O. Smoot, compiler)


We printed a limited number of hardbound volumes for Jack, his family, the authors, certain libraries, and so forth.  By early next week — perhaps even on Monday — softbound editions will be available on a print-on-demand basis.  When they are ready, an announcement will go up on the Interpreter website (http://www.mormoninterpreter.com).  After a decent interval has elapsed, we plan to put the articles up online.



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